Easy Instagram Gallery Wall

After sharing a quick snapshot of the Instagram wall I created in my dining room, I’ve gotten dozens of questions about how I did it. I thought I would share some better images as well as the print vendor and specific hardware I used.

WaspyRedhead Instagram Gallery Wall

My apartment is loft style. It’s one big open space with off white walls, concrete floors, and metal ceilings. I love how bright and airy it is, and that it’s modern without feeling cold or sterile. I love a white color palate, but I felt like I needed some pops of color to make the space feel more lived in.

WaspyRedhead Instagram Gallery Wall

The genius angle of using Instagram prints is that instead of committing to one large piece of art, or creating an expertly curated vignette of smaller pieces, I have the flexibility to change out the photos whenever I feel like it. Currently, I’m using prints of architectural images and still life scenes from around Paris and San Antonio.

WaspyRedhead Instagram Gallery Wall

The juxtaposition of black and white images with over-saturated filtered-within-an-inch-of-their-life shots is fun. I also like combing special moments captured in two of my favorite cities – my hometown of San Antonio and my favorite travel destination, Paris. I wasn’t careful or intentional in the way I arranged the photos on the gallery wire, but somehow the Eiffel Tower and the Alamo ended up right next to each other.

WaspyRedhead Instagram Gallery Wall

The gallery wire and clips are actually super cheap curtain hardware from IKEA. It’s the “Dignitet” curtain wire which is only $12 for each set of wire and wall mounts. The clips are “Riktig” which are $3 for a pack of 24. I bought three sets of the curtain wire, and two packages of clips. Total cost for the hardware was $42. The hardware is simple to install, or so my friend Mitch who installed them tells me ;). Thanks again Mitch!

I ordered my prints from a company called Printstagram. They print calendars, posters, stickers, mini-books and more, all from your Instagram images. It’s a simple process, you log in and it connects to your Instagram account and you select the images you would like to print. I ordered two sets of 12, 4″x4″ prints for $12 each. You can’t even frame a poster for $24, so I thought this was a steal.

I am FLOORED by how quickly my #prinstagram photos arrived. I ordered them late Tuesday!
The images are printed on nice paper with a matte to satin finish. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and with how quickly the order printed and shipped. I highly recommend Prinstagr.am if you’re interested in getting hard copies of your digital images.

The total sticker price for this project is around $70. Much cheaper than a painting of similar scale or the cost to custom frame a bunch of pictures. The best part is that I’m not stuck with my current display. In the future I may want to feature photos from a different vacation. Or I’ve been thinking about switching it up to include pictures of street art from my travels (a subject I’m into documenting lately).

If Instagram isn’t your thing, you could use the gallery wire to display children’s artwork, holiday cards, wedding invitations, valentines, playbills and tickets from art events – the possibilities are endless. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did – if you try it in your home I would love to see pictures!

Disclaimer: Printstagr.am did not compensate me to write this post. I am unaffiliated with them in any way. I just liked my prints and wanted to share this recommendation with my readers.

Posted in Life & Style, Photography

13 Responses

  1. Ok, I am OBSESSED and am pinning this now! :-) Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  2. melissa says:

    I love it! SO creative. I like your idea of using this set up to display children’s artwork. If we ever get a playroom, I’d love to do this. Enjoy your fabulous loft!

  3. Christine says:

    I love this! I love your whole apartment!

  4. Heather says:

    you are so funky fresh. word.

  5. What a beautiful space! I love the gallery wire & clips – I’ve been looking at them for some time.

  6. LOVE this! I was just telling my husband a few weeks ago that I need to find an interesting way to display Christmas cards next year. I just prop ‘em all up on our bar, + they all fly away, fall over, etc. Something like this would be great for photos year-round, then switched over to holiday cards during Christmastime. Such a fab idea!

  7. Neven says:

    I love your space! This is a fabulous idea and it would be perfect over my son’s bed. Very creative and stylish.

  8. Nanny Temple says:

    Elizabeth–saw your tv appearance last night. Nice interview! And this is a brilliant idea.

  9. Monica says:

    This is awesome! I think this will be my next project! I love any alternative to framing. I recently started ordering instagram prints from Bumblejax. They mount on acrylic, aluminum and bamboo and the colors really stand out on my walls. You should check’em out for your next photo project: http://www.bumblejax.com/

  10. Becki says:

    Love this! I’m planning to do the same today! Do the clips bend or leave marks on the photos at all?

  11. Hey, My name is Laura and I have recently just started blogging about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their Instagram photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing. I really hope this idea inspires people to print their Instagram photos!

  12. I’m totes jacking your style. Just bought the curtain wires. (Two of them!)

  13. I am in the process of gathering all the materials and I’m going to hang them over my TV. I’m excited because I get rotating art and I’m going to put rotated prints in an album (how vintage!)

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